Update – Saturday is off due to high winds. Might go ahead on Sunday – didn’t.
Looking good for Monday morning – and indeed, they took off for South London this morning.
Tuesday morning failed – but they will try again for Tuesday evening, lift off in Bexleyheath at 7:30pm (weather permitting).
This morning (Friday), you were supposed to have been roused from your nocturnal slumbers by the sound of music decorously descending from the heavens as seven hot air balloons drifted over London leaving an aural experience in their wake.
Yeup – it’s an art thing.
However, unless I am missing the expected flood of Tweets from Londoners wondering what is going on, the balloons may have remained resolutely land based this morning. Although I can see rather a lot of London from my flat, I have also been unable to see the flotilla of musical bubbles.
The balloons are due to be around for the next 7 days, so maybe tomorrow morning?
The organisers, the London International Festival of Theatre is bringing Luke Jerram’s Sky Orchestra to the city as part of over 1,000 cultural initiatives taking place across the UK in the run up to and beyond the 2012 Olympic Games.
Some people might choose to be irritated by the music, but it is a transitory effect and reading reviews when it arrived in Bristol and Sydney seem to suggest people rather liked it.
The art blurb sayth: “Sky Orchestra is an ongoing research project that explores how we can perceive an artistic experience in sleep. It has been specifically developed music for people sleeping, delivered direct from the skies from a fleet of hot air balloons. Through the use of hauntingly beautiful surround sound, the specially composed music aims to deliver a mesmeric sculptural experience to the public, by lifting them into the creative space on the edge of sleep and then acoustically inspiring their dreams.”
Which I am guessing is an art version of those tapes you can buy to play while you sleep and help you learn a foreign language, or be less stressed in life.
I gather the balloon flights are not limited to just sunrise, and will also accompany people as they either drift off to sleep or march between pubs in the evening. At least, the offer I have received of an evening flight on Saturday (weather permitting) would suggest so.
Expect some photos from above as you slumber below in a few days time, if the flight goes ahead.